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Meet the Team

Ms. Lucy Frost
Director of Advancement

B.A., Tulane University
A.A.S, Parsons School of Design

Lucy brings more than 25 years of experience leading advancement, development, alumni relations, and capital campaign programs. Previously, Lucy was senior associate director of principal gifts at Yale University. Prior to that, she served as director of development and alumni relations at Moses Brown School, her alma mater, in Providence, Rhode Island. Before returning to Moses Brown, Lucy worked for 11 years in the alumni and development office at The Lawrenceville School in New Jersey, where she advanced through several positions until being named director of capital programs and principal gifts.

Lucy is a former Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) board member in both District I and District II, and she has been a speaker for AFP. She also has served as a CASE faculty member for advanced annual giving and as a CASE District Conference track chair. She is a former board member for The Island School in the Bahamas and for SEEQS in Honolulu.

Mr. Kelly Davis '03
Administrative Assistant

B.S., Southern Oregon University
Certified Teacher of English as a Second Language

Originally from Kona, Kelly moved after college to Fukuoka, Japan, where he taught English for 3 years as part of the Japanese Exchange Teaching Program. He then served as Manager of South Sydney Juniors, a Rugby League Club in Sydney, Australia before returning to HPA in the spring of 2015.

Mrs. Hannah Hind Candelario '01
Assistant Director of Advancement

B.A., University of Colorado, Boulder
A.A.S Le Cordon Bleu California Culinary Academy

In this role, Hannah serves to help alumni, parents, and friends of HPA as they consider ways to support the school. Prior to returning to the Big Island in February 2015, Hannah served as the Director of Development at Base Camp Studio in Bend, OR, where she managed grants, events, donor relations, and community outreach. Before her time in Oregon, she lived in Reno, NV, where she worked for six years at the Food Bank of Northern Nevada in advancement and oversaw the Child Nutrition Program initiatives.

Hannah is a current board member of Montessori Education Center of Hawai'i, and is a community supporter of Hui Aloha Kiholo, North Hawai’i Hospice, Kahilu Theatre, Waimea Country School, Parker School, and Waimea Elementary.

Mrs. Zaheva Knowles
Director of the HPA Fund
B.A., Hampshire College

J.D., Northeastern University

Zaheva Stevens Knowles is the Director of the HPA Fund. Prior to joining HPA, she was the Executive Director at West Hawaiʻi Mediation Center. Previously, Zaheva served as an Associate in the Litigation Department at Cades Schutte LLP and was a staff attorney at the Disability Rights Legal Center at Loyola Law School. She also worked for several years as an Associate in the Litigation Department at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, in New York City, and was a law clerk for the Honorable Julian Abele Cook, Jr. in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Having spent her childhood on the Big Island, Zaheva is passionate about helping to create and sustain a vibrant, thriving community for all Hawai‘i families. She lives with her husband David '94 and their son in Waimea, Hawai‘i.

Mrs. Julie Kojima
Systems Coordinator
B.A., Willamette University

Julie Kojima joined the Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy's advancement office in 2005. As the systems coordinator, she manages all aspects of maintaining the advancement database including reporting, system modifications, user training, and data integrity.

Ms. Leah Lavin

B.A., Carson-Newman University
M.A., St. John's College, Annapolis

Leah supports all areas of the Advancement effort in partnership with the Director of Advancement and manages internal development operations and donor stewardship.

Previously, Leah spent two years as a Development Officer at American Bird Conservancy, where she managed federal and private grants for two major divisions: Pesticides and Policy and Oceans and Islands. Leah also worked in development for three years at The Justice Project, where she helped to build a base of diversified funding sources including foundations, major individual donors, direct mail donors, and special events.

Mrs. Janet Melton
Parent Programs and Events Coordinator

B.S., Virginia Tech

Janet joined the Advancement team in January of 2013 as the event and parent programs coordinator

Previously, Janet worked in college counseling and managed the student bookstore. Prior to that, she was a laboratory clinician at Clinch Valley Hospital in Wise, Virginia. Janet is the proud parent of three HPA students.

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